Wellington, FL – March 1, 2016 – Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Inc. and Diamante Farms, both longtime sponsors of the Challenge of the Americas (COTA), are renewing their support for the March 11 event at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Their sponsorship of COTA helps contribute to the fight against breast cancer and the annual event is a highlight of the winter season in Wellington, Florida.
The event assists the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their partner Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge). This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair with equestrian entertainment, wonderful auction items, and a night full of fine cuisine and dancing.
Sara Cunningham of Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Inc. has a long partnership with COTA. The family run business is a livestock insurance agency located in Goshen, New York, and has served the industry for over 40 years. Cunningham & Cunningham has consistently supported the efforts of COTA organizer Mary Ross, joining in the event’s important mission.
“I think the Challenge is fantastic and for a great cause,” Cunningham said. “I have been to the event every year! I love so many things about the Challenge. Mary Ross does a phenomenal job. They get such a diverse group of riders and you get to see fantastic horses.”
Dressage quadrille teams dress up in pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Photo by Meg McGuire.
What strikes Cunningham most about the event is the camaraderie between riders and how the event brings back dedicated sponsors and fans year after year.
“There is a similar goal, and everyone is there to support the cause,” Cunningham said. “Everyone, including the sponsors, is really invested in beating breast cancer.”
Not only do audience members get to watch a wonderful event, but they get to be a part of the show, adorning themselves in pink and cheering for their favorite team.
“I love seeing everyone come out in their pink outfits,” Cunningham said. “I am looking forward this year to watching the teamwork between the riders and the gorgeous event that Mary puts on. This event is amazing, and women are really empowered by it!”
Another influential Challenge of the Americas sponsor is Diamante Farms, the home base for USDF Gold Medalist and Grand Prix trainer Devon Kane, who is dedicated to providing top-quality training, boarding and sales to the dressage community. Terri Kane of Diamante Farms recognizes the importance of breast cancer research and has stayed involved with the event over the years due to a personal connection to breast cancer.
|Michael Klimke and Christoph Koschel performed a pas de deux. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.|
“I have had several family members and friends who have had breast cancer,” Kane said. “Breast cancer is something everybody should be aware of, which is why I believe that it is a very good cause.”
The Diamante Farms team believes that supporting COTA is a great way to help raise awareness of breast cancer and contribute to the fight against the disease.
“We have sponsored before and have attended the event for many years,” Kane said. “The event is very fun and entertaining and offers something for everyone. Even though it is a competitive event, it’s a fun competition where riders really feed off the audience’s energy. I appreciate all of the riders who put in so much time and energy to make this successful.”